Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Using Java 6 Update 10 features in AltioLive

I've just posted an item on the Altio developer's blog about using the new features of Java 6 Update 10 in AltioLive applications. You can read the whole thing here:

The only issue at the moment is the fact that Altio dynamically constructs the APPLET tag, so we need to use a JSP page to generate a JNLP file dynamically. You can simply update the Altio JavaScript file and add in the new JNLP generator to start using cool new features in your AltioLive applications such as bigger heap sizes and separate JVMs per applet.

One thing that I didn't mention on the Altio blog is I that played around with accessing other domains directly from the applet, which I blogged about here.

I implemented this in Altio by allowing Image controls to fetch images from Flickr directly, rather then needing a Service Function to act as a proxy, and this worked well. It is probably a feature more useful in consumer internet applications rather than enterprise applications, but not being able to reference images from other websites directly has always been slightly frustrating, so it was a good thing to get working.

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